This World Made Itself

Miwa Matreyek

Artist Bio

This World Made Itself is a multimedia live performance work combining projected animation and the artist’s own shadow silhouette as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video, merging film and theater to create something that is its own kind of spectacle. This World Made Itself is a visually and musically-rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe’s epic beginnings to the complex world of humans. The piece is at once semi-scientific (like flipping through a children’s encyclopedia), and also emotional and dream-like, rich in surrealism, metaphor and fantasy.

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Miwa Matreyek

Miwa Matreyek

Los Angeles, CA

Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance and video installation. Her work explores how animation transforms when it is combined with body and space (and vice-versa) at the intersection of film and theater, illusion and construction. Her work has been shown internationally in animation, film, theater and performance festivals, as well as at art galleries, science museums, tech conferences and more. Matreyek received her MFA in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. She is a founding member and core collaborator of the performance media group Cloud Eye Control, which makes theatrical productions with integrated animation projections.